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Is a stye an internal hordeolum?

Is a stye an internal hordeolum?

Sometimes: A stye is the common term for a pimple like inflammation of the lid and lid margin. If located on the edge it is termed an external hordeolum and if in the substance of the lid, it is termed internal hordeolum. Your ophthalmologist can recommend the best treatment for this. ...Read more

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Hordeolum (Definition)

This is an inflammation of a gland in the lid, analogous to a pimple, in which stagnated secretion becomes infected and sets up a focal inflammation. It is a fancy term for what most ...Read more


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What is a internal hordeolum and a stye? Same thing?

What is a internal hordeolum and a stye? Same thing?

Clogged oil gland: A stye is a clogged oil gland found in the eyelid margin, it produces oil for the surface of the eye. When the orifice of this gland becomes blocked, the oil will back up and form what is called a stye. Typically a stye is from inflammation causing the opening (orifice) to occlude causing the stye. A stye is typically not an infected oil gland, but can occur due bacteria causing inflammation. ...Read more

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Sty (hordeolum) (Tip)

Antibiotics Have side effects, why not use Warm, moist compresses? ...See more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a internal hordeolum and a stye?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a internal hordeolum and a stye?

Similar: Both of these are styes. Hordeolum is the $64 dollar word for a stye. If it is in the substance of the lid, it is internal . If it is on the edge of the lid, it is external. They are both the same process in a different location. ...Read more

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Sty (hordeolum) (Tip)

Pesky eyelid bump~heat it, massage it, clean it~a week or two--gone! ...See more

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If a stye occurs inside the eyelid, it is called an internal hordeolum. How dangerous is a internal hordeolum?

Not very: These usually cause the whole lid to get inflamed for a while, and then localize at one point in the internal lid. There is no danger to vision or the health of the eye. It would be rare for it to even affect the basic lid structure although they can be uncomfortable and ugly looking. ...Read more

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How do you treat a hordeolum?

How do you treat a hordeolum?

Hot compresses: The main treatments for hordeola are hot compresses, lid hygiene and sometimes antibiotic/anti-inflmmatory drops or ointments. The hot compresses are usually the most important factor in resolving the hordeolum quickly. ...Read more

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What is a hordeolum, help me?

What is a hordeolum, help me?

Stye: A hordeolum is the medical term for a stye which is typically a clogged oil gland in the eyelid. These can become inflamed and sometimes even infected if not treated properly. Start with hot compresses and go see your eye md for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a hordeolum?

How dangerous is a hordeolum?

Not much: A hordeolum is an inflammaion of the lid (a stye) due to infection in one of the glands. It can spread over a broad area of the lid as the skin of the lid is loose and not bound to the underlying tissue. If untreated it can go away, but might coalesce into the pus pocket which will eventually open and discharge. If left alone like this it may scar but will not endanger vision. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hordeolum?

Stye: This is an inflammation of a gland in the lid, analogous to a pimple, in which stagnated secretion becomes infected and sets up a focal inflammation. It is a fancy term for what most commonly call a stye. ...Read more

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I don't know if what I have is a stye but could you list the Sty symptoms?

I don't know if what I have is a stye but could you list the Sty symptoms?

In the eye?: May look like a bump, on the edge of the eyelid, and may be painful or achy depending on how far it's ballooned out. Otherwise, it's a small, tiny bump on the edge where the eyelid lashes are located that gets bigger, and needs to be seen by an eye doctor. Warm compresses can help for 10-15 mins. 4 times day. ...Read more

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Whats internal hordeolum?

Warm compresses: A hordeoulum is due to the orifice of an oil gland (mebomian gland) in the eyelid margin becoming inflamed, and clogged forming a nodule, internal protrudes towards the eye. Warm compresses (wash cloth with hot water and hold it on the stye for 5-10 minutes, reheating as needed), or surgical incision and drainage, or steroid have been the only effective treatments demonstrated get rid of a stye. ...Read more

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How harmful is a internal hordeolum?

How harmful is a internal hordeolum?

Not very: This is the medical name for a stye, an infected eyelid gland. You treat it by applying warm compresses to the stye 4 times per day. If it does not resolve in a week, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Does a hordeolum look like chalazion?

Yes, but less intens: There are several different glands associated with the the eyelashes. Any of these glands can become inflamed and appear as a red, tender or painful swelling at the edge of the eyelid or hordeolum. The meibomian glands produce oil that forms the outer most layer of the tear film to prevent evaporation. Complete blockage of a meibomian gland is a chalazion (stye), large, swollen and painful. ...Read more

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Is chalazion different from hordeolum?

Is chalazion different from hordeolum?

Yes: A hordeolum is when an oil gland (mebomian gland) eyelid margin becomes clogged and inflamed. It is usually red, swollen, and tender. A chalazion is the chronic form of a hordeolum, but the inflammation, redness, tenderness resolves and a nodule of bump is left in the eyelid. ...Read more

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What is a internal hordeolum caused by?

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What is a internal hordeolum caused by?

Stye: An internal hordeolum is caused by a blocked oil gland in the eyelid which becomes infected. The common name is a stye. These are treated with warm compresses and topical antibiotic, such as bacitracin. They typically clear in 2-3 weeks. If they do not clear, sometimes styes need to be drained. ...Read more

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How dangerous is an internal hordeolum to you?

Not dangerous: Internal hordeolum is a clogged oil gland of the eyelid margin. It is not an infection. It will usually drain or go away on its own. Worst case it may become a cellulitis (very uncommon, but needs treated) or skin infection, or a nodule in the eyelid that will have to be removed surgically. ...Read more

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In what way is chalazion different from hordeolum?

Different stages: Hordeolum is another name for a stye. These ;are active, red and inflamed. Chalazia are the end results of the bodies attempt to clean up a stye in which case it simply walls it off leaving a cystic , pea like nodule in the lid. These are usually not tender, not inflamed and not red. They can be removed surgically if desired. ...Read more

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Who can I go to drain an internal hordeolum?

Most hordeolums: or styes drain themselves if you apply enough warm compresses to the eyelid several times a day. Using some antibiotic eyedrops also seem to help, though I think they are over-prescribed by physicians in an attempt to make sure the eye does not get infected. Thanks for trusting in healthTap. ...Read more